IN A symphony of banging drums and leaping lions, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral ushered in the Year of the Goat with an elaborate performance on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year.
Held in front of the stylish hotel lobby located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s central business district, the acrobatic lion dance drew both locals and foreigners.
Performed by the World Acrobatic Lion Dance champions 2014 Kwong Ngai Lion Dance troupe, the dance lasted a good 20 minutes, much to the delight of the audience.
The dance started out slow, with a single lion prancing around the skylit hotel entrance in classic lion dance fashion before going up to the guests of honour to be “fed” ang pow.
Having had its fill of red packets, it reared up on its hind legs and leaped up onto stilts that were set up near the water fountain.
The lion decided to tease the audience by lounging on the stilts, dangling its leg, before the music’s tempo quickened, sending the lion into an acrobatic frenzy.
It began hopping from stilt to stilt with the agility of a mousedeer, twisting and turning, drawing cheers from the audience with every lift and drop.
Dismounting, it was joined by another lion as the pair began a heated dance around a plate of fruits.
The first lion then leapt on the plate and went to work on it while the second entertained the children, letting them pet its head and posing for pictures.
Leaving the children giggling and guests smiling, the lions wrapped up their dance to the sound of the audience’s applause.